Environmental Resources Management (ERM)

Environmental Resources Management (ERM) is one of the world`s leading providers of environmental, health, safety, risk, and social consulting services. We have 141 offices in 41 countries, employing over 3,500 professionals. We work with our clients around the world to develop sustainable solutions for a wide range of environmental and social pressures they face. ERM is renowned for our extensive knowledge and experience across various disciplines, industries, and practice areas. As such, we have been ranked as the largest `All-Environmental Consultancy` for the fourth consecutive year by Engineering-News Record.

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1277 Treat Boulevard, Suite 500 , Walnut Creek , CA 94597 USA

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Business Type:
Engineering service provider
Industry Type:
Market Focus:
Globally (various continents)
Over 1000
more than 1,000,000,000 €

As a leading global provider of environmental, health, safety, risk, and social consulting services, ERM has sustainability at the heart of both our services and how we operate our business. We employ over 4,000 people with 140 offices in 40 countries worldwide.

For over 40 years we have been working with clients around the world and in diverse industry sectors to help them to understand and manage their environmental, health, safety, risk and social impacts. The key sectors we serve include Oil & Gas, Mining, Power, and Manufacturing, Chemical and Pharmaceutical. All face critical sustainability challenges and our clients in these and many other areas rely on our ability to assist them operate more sustainably which has a positive impact on our planet.

Financial Overview
The financial year ended 31 March 2011 represented another successful 12 months for ERM. At constant exchange rates, we increased our net consulting revenue by 12% and our trading profit by 18%. In total, trading profit grew faster than net revenues, and the impact of this positive operational gearing raised our operating margin.

Strong Profitable Growth

The financial year ended 31 March 2011 represented another successful 12 months for ERM. At constant exchange rates, we increased our net consulting revenue by 12% and our trading profit by 18%. In total, trading profit grew faster than net revenues, and the impact of this positive operational gearing raised our operating margin.

Once again we maintained a strong operating cash flow, which was just below 100% of trading profit. Since the year end we have completely refinanced the business to provide us with the financial ability to continue to grow both organically and by acquisition.

On 1 April 2010, ERM acquired the trade and certain assets of IRC Risk and Safety LLC, a Texas-based limited liability company providing process safety and risk management consulting services. We have integrated IRC with our core operations and trading for that part of the business has been above expectations, with post-acquisition net revenue in this business growing by over 30%.

Our “niche” global business areas – Information Solutions, which delivers systems for gathering and using Environmental, Health and Safety information, and Certification & Verification Services (CVS) – continued to grow rapidly, with trading profit up 20%. We increased our ownership stake in Information Solutions by 5% to 95% during 2011, and completed the purchase of the remaining shares shortly after the year end to attain full ownership.

Our People and Strategy

During 2011 we expanded our Partner base by 14%, which will help enhance offerings and outcomes for our clients. This expansion included the promotion of ERM employees as well as external recruitment of experienced professionals.

We also appointed a Global Human Resources Director who will deliver our people strategy and ensure that ERM continues to provide a great working environment, with suitable career challenges and opportunities for our people. We ended the financial year with 3,880 employees, an increase of 17%.

We combined our North America and Latin America & Caribbean (LAC) regions into a single entity. Creating a combined Americas region will help accelerate our strategic goals and improve collaboration across the company’s practices.

A key element of all aspects of our strategy is sustainability. ERM aims to create long-term shareholder value by balancing the necessary financial performance of the company with how we affect and contribute to the world’s environment and communities.

Corporate Governance

The over-arching governance framework has remained similar to last year’s. The Board met a total of seven times on approximately a bimonthly basis. Day-to-day, the company remains under the management of the Executive Committee, which is supported by the Senior Leadership Team and a broader group of senior Partners. These groups consist of the senior executives heading up our geographic, practice and sector business divisions as well as business development, people development and other support functions

Our business is our people. With over 4,000 people working in 40 countries across the globe, we are committed to providing opportunities and resources to help every individual achieve their full potential and enjoy a long and rewarding career with ERM.

Executive Committee

ERM’s Executive Committee members are responsible for the strategic and operational leadership and management of the business

Vision and Values

Our business is underpinned by a vision, values and a number of principles concerning our environment, our business and our people.


Charting over 40 years’ providing leading environmental, health, safety, risk and social consulting services to clients around the world.

The company was founded in the UK in 1971 trading as ERL and in the US in 1977 as ERM. By 1987 ERL had operations in the UK, Hong Kong, Italy and Bahrain and gross revenues of US$5million. ERL merged with ERM in 1987. ERM’s 500 strong staff operated from 25 locations across the US with gross revenues of US$50million.

In 1994 the company acquired Mitchell McCotter expanding operations in to Australia. Two years later Panazardi in Puerto Rico joined the ERM family followed by the US based Dell Engineering consultancy in 1999. By 2000 ERM had also acquired Dynamo in Sweden and IRMS, a transport risk practice in UK and Hong Kong. For FY00 the company recorded gross revenues of US$279.8million.

Management buyout
Major changes occurred in 2001 when venture capitalists 3i supported the management buyout of ERM’s retiring partners. This saw the company develop from a number of individual partnerships to a more conventional group structure with a single global board and management team. Following the management buyout ERM acquired Ecobe in South Africa and the US environmental management information systems consultancy Enverdant to create ERM’s Information Solutions practice. We also opened our first office in Canada with quick expansion the following year which witnessed second offices opening both here and in South Africa.

New Partners
At the end of 2005 Bridgepoint Capital replaced the 3i Group as ERM’s equity backer allowing ERM to continue as an independent professional partnership. In the same year we opened offices in Russia and the United Arab Emirates and in 2006 opened a new office in New Zealand. In 2008, we extended our operations with a new office in Panama, and continued to increase our staff numbers globally.

To continue to provide this leading-edge advice, make a real difference for our clients, and attract and retain the people who make the delivery of this advice possible, we reviewed and updated our strategy. Our new strategy is simple and has one clear goal: to be recognized by our clients and employees as the pre-eminent global sustainability consulting firm. We launched the new strategy in 2010 under the banner: One Planet. One Company. ERM. The title acknowledges both the need for society to manage the earth and its resources in a sustainable way and the importance of the consistently high-quality advice and global support that ERM provides to its clients.

In 2010 we acquired the Houston based risk consultancy, IRC which brought leading edge process safety and quantitative risk assessment capabilities. They have successfully integrated into ERM and are now working effectively with the rest of our global risk team to deliver outstanding projects and outcomes to our oil and gas, mining, power and major industrial clients worldwide. In October 2011 we acquired OASIS Environmental, Inc. an environmental services company headquartered in Alaska, USA, with around 100 employees. This acquisition further strengthens ERM’s leading position in the resources sector and in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest.

A new chapter for ERM
In July 2011 ERM completed a refinancing, which saw Charterhouse Capital Partners replace Bridgepoint Capital as our private equity partner. Charterhouse has acquired a stake in the region of 55 per cent with the remaining 45 per cent owned by some 430 Partners working for ERM around the world.

Case Studies

By helping our clients achieve better outcomes, we not only contribute to the sustainability of their businesses but also address broader global challenges, such as access to natural resources and energy, biodiversity and protecting local communities.

Our Services

Our six core services are designed to meet the broad range of our clients’ changing needs. The strong communities surrounding these practices ensures consultants can transcend geographical boundaries, develop innovative solutions in addressing our clients’ challenges and work more closely with their sector-focused colleagues across the globe.

Air Quality and Climate Change: Supporting the development and implementation of sustainability strategies, programs and tools

Impact Assessment and Planning: Helping clients to understand and manage the full cycle of effects their operations can have on the atmospheric environment including regulatory support to ensure long term, successful compliance

Performance and Assurance: Helping corporations reach their EHS performance potential and manage EHS risks

Transaction Services: Ensuring successful business transactions

Contaminated Site Management: Creating strategies and implementing projects to help clients best manage their contaminated sites

Risk Management: Quantifying and managing the safety risks associated with hazardous installations and processes, with the objective of protecting people, assets and the environment   

Our Clients

In the past five years we have worked for over 70 per cent of the Global Fortune 100 and more than 50 per cent of the Global Fortune 500.

ERM Foundation

The ERM Foundation harnesses the enthusiasm and expertise of ERM staff to support environmental initiatives around the world. Employees raise funds and volunteer their time to provide technical and practical support for projects relating to carbon reduction, biodiversity and conservation, clean water and sanitation and environmental education. ERM provides pro-bono time and matching funds to support these activities.